Army Command: Lifting siege on Deir Ezzor city is strategic shift in war against terrorism

Damascus, SANA – The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces affirmed that breaking the siege on Deir Ezzor city is a strategic shift in the war on terrorism and it confirms the ability of the Syrian Arab Army and its allies and their determination to defeat the terrorist project completely in Syria.

“After a series of successful operations, units of our armed forces, in cooperation with the supporting and allied forces and backed by the Syrian and Russian air forces, have completed the second phase of their operations deep in the Syrian Badia (desert) and they managed through qualitative operations and heroic actions to break the siege on our people who were besieged for more than three years in Deir Ezzor,” the Army Command said in a statement.

It added that the siege-breaking operation came after the forces advancing from the direction of Raqqa/Deir Ezzor met with the forces that have stood firmly in Deir Ezzor, protected the residents there, achieved heroics and set a model to be followed in sacrifice and giving that led to this great victory.

The Army Command noted in its statement that hundreds of ISIS terrorists were killed or injured during the operation, in addition to the destruction of many of their sites, fortifications and hundreds of vehicles.

On the importance of this achievement, the statement pointed out that “it constitutes a strategic shift in the war on terrorism and affirms the ability of the Syrian Arab Army and its allies to defeat the terrorist project in Syria and foil the fragmentation plans of its sponsors and supporters.”

The statement added that this achievement is also an important point for the expansion of military operations in the region and its surroundings to eliminate the remaining hotbeds of ISIS terrorist organization, whose military structure has been destroyed and which has collapsed rapidly under the strikes of the Syrian Army, adding that this achievement is a vital artery for delivering supplies to the city and the forces defending it.

The Army Command concluded its statement by hailing the resilience of the people and steadfastness of the valiant armed forces in Deir Ezzor, stressing that the Armed Forces will remain the shield of the homeland and its impenetrable fortress and confirming their determination to continue the war on terrorism until eliminating it and the restoration of security and stability to the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic.

M. al-Frieh/H. Said

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